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Suspended License? You Have Options to Keep Driving

Posted Friday, April 10, 2020 by Andrew Charles Huff

An arrest for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) can lead to a potential license suspension if you provide a breath or blood test above the legal limit, refuse to provide a breath test or are convicted of either a DUI or Reckless Driving. The length of the suspension will be based on the basis and any prior convictions or test refusals on our record.

Fortunately, you do have options to continue driving even during your license suspension period in which I can assist you with.

DUI Restricted Licenses

A DUI restricted license authorizes you to continue driving your vehicle even after your license has been suspended by the DOL. Under current law, you can file a request with DOL for a DUI restricted license that will allow you to keep driving a motor vehicle with certain conditions.

There are two types of DUI restricted licenses available in Washington:

1) An Ignition Interlock Driver License (IIL); and2) 2) An Occupational/Restricted License (ORL)

Both restricted licenses will allow you to drive to work, school, or other specific activities despite having a suspended license. Each restricted license has its own limitations and restrictions.

An Ignition Interlock Driver License (IIL)

An Ignition Interlock Driver License (IIL) requires you to have an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installed in your vehicle during the suspension period. The IID is connected to your car and will prevent the vehicle from starting if alcohol is detected on your breath. This license is only available to those with an unexpired license.

Occupational/Restricted License (ORL)

An Occupational/Restricted Driver License (ORL) allows you to drive to work, school, court- ordered community service, substance abuse treatment, your healthcare provider, or to provide care to someone who is dependent on you. You must have a valid license with proof of financial responsibility. Also, not everyone will qualify for this license and is more limited in scope.

Contact an Experienced Washington DUI Attorney

These licenses are good ways to continue driving if your license has been suspended for a DUI. Let me discuss your case with you to make sure you have all the facts and information you need. I am an experienced DUI attorney well versed in the law. Together, we will develop a legal strategy to avoid a DUI conviction and/or suspension of your driver’s license. Call me today to for a free consultation.

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